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SmashMouth 07-26-2012 11:24 AM

New Orleans Saints will repeat as NFC South champions in 2012
 
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The New Orleans Saints were the biggest "losers" in the NFC South this offseason. In fact, it's quite possible that they had the worst offseason of any team in NFL history, from the unprecedented bounty punishments to the lingering Drew Brees contract standoff to a handful of key player departures in free agency.

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Drew Brees and the Saints will look to be the first team in the history of the NFC South to repeat as division champions.
Yet now that we've finally arrived at the start of training camp, the prediction here is that the Saints will keep winning when it really counts.

They'll win the NFC South again. And they'll make a serious run at becoming the first team ever to host a Super Bowl in its home stadium.

Obviously the Saints are facing some unprecedented hurdles, the most glaring of which is the loss of suspended coach Sean Payton for the entire year. But many of those preseason predictions that the Saints will finish 9-7 or drop to third place in the division seem way off base.

Have people forgotten how insanely good this offense was last season?

The Saints won their final eight regular-season games, shattering several NFL records in the process, and finished 13-3 before that gut-wrenching second-round playoff loss at San Francisco.

They were even better over those last three months than they were in their Super Bowl-winning season of 2009. And had they survived that trip to San Francisco, there's an excellent chance they would have won another title.

Brees, 33, is in his prime. And the emergence of breakout stars Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles has made the Saints' dynamic offense even more potent.

The defense, meanwhile, has a chance to be even better in 2012, under the direction of new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who was the most coveted assistant coach in the league.

And it's even possible that the Saints could turn the bounty scandal into a source of motivation.

That's not to suggest that the "us against the world" mentality will lift the Saints to new heights. But that kind of defiant attitude is much more likely than a defeated, "woe is us" approach.

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halloween 65 07-26-2012 12:13 PM

Good read!! I think we take the NFC South, still superstitious about saying anything about the big game.

Mardigras9 07-26-2012 12:19 PM

Home field in the playoffs, must have it to have a legit chance. Focus needs to be the #1 seed from the start. No eggs this year in the NFC, lay them in the AFC because we always lay one.

QBREES9 07-26-2012 01:02 PM

Have people forgotten how insanely good this offense was last season? Nope not me !

jlouhill 07-26-2012 01:14 PM

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Originally Posted by QBREES9 (Post 421285)
Have people forgotten how insanely good this offense was last season? Nope not me !

Yep, anyone (especially the media) who reside outside of the immediate gulf coast seems to have a severe case of amnesia. I just hope that Drew and company plays with a huge chip on their shoulders this year and go out to totally decimate the opponents and then when those opponents cry about poor sportsmanship we can give them Goodells phone number and tell them it's all his fault, go cry to him. Next victim.

st thomas 07-26-2012 02:12 PM

i hope we could meet the whinners in narlins for championship game. i think about it every day. something still burns my donkey about last season.

Rugby Saint II 07-26-2012 03:35 PM

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Originally Posted by halloween 65 (Post 421267)
Good read!! I think we take the NFC South, still superstitious about saying anything about the big game.

I feel the same way on both counts.:bng:

SaintsBro 07-26-2012 04:24 PM

And yet if you only listened to Jeff Duncan you'd think we were most likely gonna finish 4-12.


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